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by NotAPhysicist
Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

I'll get to the video later but the title and ominous starting music do not fill me with confidence that it will provide a reasonable analysis, could be wrong :) In the meantime I'll note that Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country and has so far had the quickest reported response to the improve...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Can I restate this video link please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBT5EQt348 This is, an admittedly cutely animated, short video on over population sponsored by the Gates Foundation who, I assume, are pretty intimately aware of population issues around the globe. I'd suggest watching that, you ...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Well yes... This was more or less a media extrapolation based on the brief period of cooling that occurred around the 1940s. Climate science was relatively young, finding its feet and already had indicators of more general warming trends. There was not a belief in an imminent ice age and if some bel...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

My understanding is that the farming is still in doubt. I could be wrong, I've not spent a huge amount of time reading Greenland Viking settlement literature, I have other things to do. And doubt is not saying it is impossible or unlikely, it is quite possible they were farming - I'm not dealing in ...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

They didn't just attempt to farm the place, they succeeded, otherwise they would have starved. Yes and no. They were probably able to farm, still debated, but assuming they did they still got a lot of their food from other sources. As temperatures dropped again the ability to farm reduced until it ...
by NotAPhysicist
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Meanwhile I remember seeing someone saying something about over population. This is an interesting issue, here is a short video on the topic (sponsored by the Gates foundation coincidentally): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsBT5EQt348 So, possibly, don't worry? For a sci-fi take with a different s...
by NotAPhysicist
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

I'll mostly ignore the ongoing belief in a giant global AGW conspiracy or the belief that it can all be managed automatically somehow. We really should harness all the self organisation for global good... Anyway, Vikings! So I had a bit of a look at this and it proves interesting. I'm not going to t...
by NotAPhysicist
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2286
Views: 614229

Re: SpaceX News

I would guess just the loading procedure at this stage. I would think that having discovered the problem there wouldn't be enough time to develop a new tank and fit or retro-fit it in to a booster for a launch date this soon - at any rate I can't imagine the FAA (or their customers) would be happy a...
by NotAPhysicist
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Wonderful to see how this is rumbling on after the break, not that I expected it not to but still.. Anyway, as a sort of aside this should prove interesting: http://arstechnica.co.uk/science/2016/12/climate-researchers-defamation-suit-about-insulting-columns-is-on/ This is a libel case being brought...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 710
Views: 341448

Re: EM Drive

Watching all the SSI videos may prove informative. I've not done this yet but it should be interesting. Anyone done this and care to offer some conclusions?
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

The debunker search things is certainly proving informative. So, Mars warming. The stated Mars warming was based on two observations a good time apart. Mars temperatures are all tied up with dust storms. The problem is the first observation was made just after a major storm had spread a lot of dust ...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Bit short on time at the moment but just to comment on the Antarctic sea ice. Yes, this is odd and counter intuitive. It turns out the sea temperatures in the Antarctic are high but due to various factors, principly to do with increased surface motion but reduced inter sea level mixing (if I read it...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Sorry, I'll stop, but this was interesting too, it helpfully shows some cost comparisons https://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/04/en ... n-5-years/.
Again a little dated and again it would be curious how the assessment looks now.
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change
Replies: 445
Views: 82235

Re: Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion venture fund to combat climate change

Some interesting write up of beaconpower and flywheel storage in general: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/fossil-fuels/flywheels-get-their-spin-back-with-beacon-powers-rebound . This is a couple of years old but I would assume still somewhat relevant, I'm curious to know how things have progressed s...
by NotAPhysicist
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 710
Views: 341448

Re: EM Drive

Sincerity of the various researchers aside I'm not too optimistic about the EM Drive, it seems to have had a reasonable amount of time and attention and some amount of money and doesn't feel like it is really getting anywhere. Be great if I was wrong on that last count but hopefully that will become...